Monday, 8 October 2012

Annie Mac's 'AMP 2012' album review

The queen of Radio 1 and the UK DJ scene returns with her latest neatly curated compilation album.

If you're a slave (as I am ) to her Friday night show or gigs then you wont be surpised at the line up. For those you dont follow her so intensely - with their tongues hanging out then here's a summary of the highlights contained on the album; artists as big as Avicci (Levels), Madeon, Porter Robsinson, Florence and the Machine with Calvin Harris, Rudimental and Eric Prydz (remix of M83's 'Midnight City') sit side by side acts as small as AlunaGeorge, MMOTHS and Kindness. This only highlights how the UK's first lady of the decks brings the very best of dance musc toagther and not by relying on tracks that sell in bulk but by the quality of the actual tunes.

The album divides into two where the first album contains all the essentials needed for a heightened night out. The second CD contains more laid back tunes including AlunaGeorge's 'Watching Over You', Drake's 'Crew Love' and MMOTHS' 'Over You'. The mixing on the most part is strong with much time, money and effort poured into the record. There are the occasional changes in gear as tracks move from one to another (eg - Aluna George into Major Lazer) , however, transfers from Joe Goddard's remix of Nneaka's 'Shining Star' into Para One's 'Vibrations' as well as TNGHT's 'Higher Ground' into Nas' 'The Don' into Netsky's 'Love Has Gone' is simply superb.

The artists brought to the attention of the public certainly gain acknowledgement, fame and almost instant success through Annie's curation. Artists for example which performed at her AMP night at Bestival this summer included Disclosure, Mele and Jessie Ware. Annie stormed the Big Top tent at Bestival which was quite deservedly her own tent for the whole of the Saturday night. As the warm up act for dance legends Justice it only seems right that her Friday night show grows in recognition and that her club nights continue to take off. An appearance on Annie's show for those under the radar or even recognised but not always acknowledged artists usually serves as a gateway to fame.

The AMP logo is really building a name for itself by showcasing the latest talent in upcoming EDM. The compilation makes brings to the surface a mash of dance genres, new faces alongside those of the old and manages to sustain a level of decent music. I would be quite content simply raving to this album all night or in prep for a night out.

Faves; Gemini's remix of Emilei Sande, Iggy Azealia, Azeali Banks, Nneka (Joe Goddard's remix) of Shining Star.

Like Annie?? Then why not try SBTRKT or TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs).

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